Black History Month

February marks the start of Black History Month! And while this month is a chance to celebrate the contributions and accomplishments of Black Americans, it is also a reminder that we must continue in the fight for racial justice.

NOW Hear This

NOW Hear This: February 3, 2023 Newsletter

Message from National NOW President Christian F. Nunes


Happy Friday Feminists,


Now that Black History Month has begun, I hope you will take advantage of the many opportunities there are to dig deeper into the history, insights, and stories from the Black community that have shaped our country. 


The last few years have revealed significant disparities in how history is taught to children in this country as many schools have limited their inclusion of African American history. This is incredibly unfortunate because Black history is essential to understanding American history. So, I was disheartened to hear the College Board’s announcement – on the first day of Black History Month, no less – that they would revise their Advanced Placement African American History curriculum to satisfy unfounded criticisms from extremist leaders like Ron DeSantis. They are doing the students a great disservice to offer a watered down, whitewashed version of history that excludes important events, ideas, and communities as if they never existed.  


Despite attempts like this to rewrite history, this month is about learning and growing. Of course, I invite you to join me for the upcoming Racial Justice Summit, which will focus on Uniting the States of America: Tackling Jim and Jane Crow through Law. Throughout the event, we will feature a keynote on Critical Race Theory and hold engaging discussions on the insidious effects of voter suppression, removing barriers to BIPOC wealth, and raising awareness of missing sisters and loved ones. The event will feature dialogue between notable thought leaders, Congressional members, constituents, and stakeholders of all different backgrounds regarding racial justice.    


As NOW members, you know that learning is a form of resistance, and it is imperative that we learn the most comprehensive and complete version of history as possible. The future is counting on it. 


In solidarity, 




Contra Costa NOW 2022 Scholarship Winners


Contra Costa NOW is pleased to announce the winners of their second annual university scholarships.  The scholarships, for $1000 each, were earmarked for two women of color based on their academic and social-activism accomplishments.

Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous NOW member who provided the funds for a second $1000 scholarship, we were able to offer two scholarships.

FNU Tsamchoe, 37, who was born in India of Tibetan refugee parents, will be attending Contra Costa College in Fall 2022.  She is working towards a career in nursing.

Delaney Ruiz, 22, was born in Mexico.  She will be attending Samuel Merritt University and is also planning a career in nursing.   Both scholarship winners endured the hardship of immigrating to a new country, learning a new language, serving their communities, and pursuing academic careers with great success.

According to Contra Costa NOW´s president, Jeanette Cole, “We are so pleased to be able to award our second annual university scholarships to two such deserving women.  We specifically endowed the scholarships for women of color who not only had achieved impressive academic honors, but also demonstrated a strong embrace of social activism for the betterment of their communities.  NOW has a long history of supporting young women and marginalized women, and the board of the Contra Costa  NOW hopes to continue our efforts to provide financial support for women’s education in the future.”

The chapter´s Scholarship Committee received several excellent applications, and hopes to continue the scholarship initiative.

If you wish to make a donation for our 2023 scholarship fund, please click Donate


Send your check made payable to Contra Costa NOW to:  PO Box 4794, Walnut Creek, CA  94596


FNU Tsamchoe

Delaney Ruiz
















Update On Our 2021 Scholarship Winners

After selecting the recipients of our 2022 Contra Costa NOW university scholarships, we decided to check back with our first 2 winners of the 2021 scholarships.  We are pleased to acknowledge that both continue to succeed in their academic initiatives, contribute positively to their respective communities, and progress notably in the pursuit of their career goals.

Sia´h Fanta Jimissa

Sia´h just finished her second year at UC Berkeley and is currently finishing up her application for the Public Health major.  Sia´h´s extracurricular activities include serviing as the K-12 Recruitment Coordinator for the Black Recruitment and Retention Center, a student organization that hosts programs to encourage Black students to pursue and complete college. She was able to create and host programs including a scholarship and a shadow day for Black high school students.  This summer, she is participating in the UCSF Children’s Hospital’s Student Summer Research Program, an especially valuable opportunity for a Public Health major.

Thyra Anastashia Cobbs

Thyra is currently double majoring in African American studies and History, and minoring in African studies at UCLA.   She is in the Honors program, the Academic Achievement Program (AAP), and the Bruin Scholars program for foster youth/students who have been in guardianship. She has also been accepted for the McNair Research Scholars program and is currently researching the effects of Afrocentric psychological interventions on UCLA’s Black population. Next spring quarter, Thyra will be teaching a student-led seminar on Afrocentric Black Psychology through the Honors Program.   She is also engaging in student activism and leadership, having been appointed as the Transfer Coordinator for the African Student Union and will soon be applying to serve as the Campus Director of Mental Health in UCLA’s student government.

Photos for ROE #BansOffOurBodies March at the State Capitol




ROE #BansOffOurBodies March and Rally

Meetup in Martinez & Bus to Sacramento
Action groups from across the East Bay will attend the Bans Off Our Body March & Rally at the California State Capitol Building in Sacramento.  Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California (PPAC) has generously agreed to cover the cost of buses for those who would like to ride together (masks required on board).
Waiver forms will be available and required.

Location: Martinez CourtHouse
725 Court St, Martinez, CA 94553

Time: Meetup at 8:30
Buses Leave at 9:30 Sharp

8:30 – Gathering at Martinez Courthouse
8:40  – 9:15 Engaging speakers will rally the crowd
9:15 – move to buses or cars to drive to Sacramento
9:30 – Buses leave (no latecomers)
11:00 – March & Rally in Sacramento
3:00 – Buses leave Sacramento returning to Martinez (no latecomers)
4:00 – Buses arrive in Martinez  (time is approximate)

More details about speakers to follow  –

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Election 2022 Candidate Endorsements

Contra Costa NOW
Election 2022 Endorsements


Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors, District 4:  Carlyn Obringer

Contra Costa County Assessor:  Floy Andrews

Past Controversies Loom In Assessor Race

Past Controversies Loom In Assessor Race
From an Article in the East Bay Times

To view the article click link below

NOW Supports National Week of Action for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

NOW Supports National Week of Action for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women


Statement by National NOW President Christian F. Nunes

April 29, 2022

To view the full statement online: Click Here

WASHINGTON, D.C. – – NOW supports the National Week of Action in honor of the thousands of Indigenous women who go missing or are murdered each year. Starting today, we join the National Partners Work Group on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) and the MMIW Family Advisors in declaring that “enough is enough – not one more stolen sister.” …

The Abortion Backup Plan No One Is Talking About

Even in states with the strictest abortion laws, pregnant people have a safe, inexpensive option to terminate their pregnancies. But few know about it.

Click link below for full details

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